Kick off Super Sunday with 17 sci-fi and fantasy Super Bowl commercials

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Feb 7, 2016

The Super Bowl advertising machine has been going strong for the past four decades, and our love of sci-fi, fantasy and horror is ingrained in the clever brains of marketing agencies around the globe.  Ever since Apple's iconic 1984 Macintosh spot, directed by Ridley Scott for Super Bowl XVIII, the geeky realms we inhabit have been grist for the marketing mill in the high-stakes gamble of dropping millions for a 30-second event commercial.

Sunday's NFL Championship Game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers will be viewed by a global audience of a billion people before the final snap.  That's a lot of consumer eyes glued to the tube!

A few years back we rounded up a collection of sci-fi themed Super Bowl commercials to distract viewers from all the gridiron action, and now we're back to fill in the best nerdy ads from 2013 to the present.  While some years were leaner than others, we discovered a mad rush of instant classics, with corporations using flying saucers, bug-eyed aliens, white-winged angels, apocalyptic outlaws, sarcastic wizards, The Matrix's Morpheus, ALF, robot spokesmodels, space babies, pink rocketships, Back To The Future's DeLorean, Arthur C. Clarke, PacMan and even frozen Scott Baio in a cryo-cell to hawk their multitude of goods and products.

Warm up that queso dip and tell us which of these 17 ambitious ads spikes the ball in the endzone.

AVOCADOS FROM MEXICO - AVOS IN SPACE 2016

#AvosInSpace | Avocados From Mexico 2016 Big Game Commercial

BUD LIGHT - REAL LIFE PACMAN 2015

Bud Light   Super Bowl 2015 – Real Life PacMan

VOLKSWAGEN - WINGS 2014

TV-Spot: Wings - Volkswagen Game Day Commercial - Super Bowl 2014

GET MILK - THE ROCK'S MORNING RUN 2013

The Rock's Milk 'Morning Run' Super Bowl Ad

KIA SORRENTO - SPACE BABIES 2013

2014 Kia Sorento Super Bowl 2013 Space Babies commercial

AUDI R8 - COMMANDER 2016

Audi R8 Big Game Commercial – Commander

KIA FORTE - HOTBOTS 2014

2014 Kia Forte Hotbots Super Bowl Commercial

RADIO SHACK - THE PHONE CALL 2014

The Phone Call RadioShack Super Bowl XLVIII Commercial

AUDI - DOBERHUAHUA 2014

NEW - Audi 2014 SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL - "Doberhuahua"

GOPRO - REDBULL STRATOS BAUMGARTNER SPACE JUMP 2014

GoPro Red Bull Stratos - Felix Baumgartner's 24.5-Mile Epic Jump from Space Super Bowl 2014

HYUNDAI ELANTRA - NICE 2014

2014 Hyundai Elantra - Super Bowl TV Ad - 'Nice'

INTUIT QUICKBOOKS - GOLDIE BLOX 2014

Intuit QuickBooks Goldie Blox Super Bowl Commercial 2014

KIA LUXURY - THE MATRIX 2014

2014 Kia Matrix Super Bowl Commercial - 2014 NFL Super Bowl XLVIII

POKEMON 20TH ANNIVERSARY - TRAIN ON 2016

#Pokemon20: Pokémon Super Bowl Commercial

COCA COLA - CHASE 2013

Coke Chase 2013 Ad

BMW I8 - HELLO FUTURE 2015

Hello Future — BMW i8

SCHICK HYDRO - ROBOT RAZORS 2016

Like No Other: Schick Spotlights Hydro 5 Razor In Super Bowl 50 Ad